Pittsburgh in Sepia

Allegheny County Courthouse
Allegheny County Courthouse

Perhaps inspired by the tabletop stereocard viewer won at Dargate Auctions the day before, I had a few hours to explore Pittsburgh on foot and turned my camera setting to sepia. Pittsburgh has a good variety of architecture and includes buildings from notables including henry Hobson Richardson and Phillip Johnson.

I recently saw a survey saying the locals are more likely to want to move than the residents of other cities. I can’t imagine why. They must only focus on crime and sports, the topics the local newspapers are known for reporting most on. I suggest they get out of their cars, turn off the television and take a walk around the downtown. Certainly it is an attractive place to be, and in terms of art and architecture, it belongs to an elite group of North American cities.

You can see more of Pittsburgh in Sepia  by clicking on the image.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url artafterx.com will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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